Alek Minassian was a self-proclaimed incel that drove a rented van into dozens of pedestrians on Yonge St., and his new legal defense is that his mental state was impaired, since he is Autistic. Alek killed 10 people and injured another 16.
This is not new either, since Jason Berlin, convicted of rape, had his sentence reduced by saying he is autistic and saying he now recognizing gang rape is bad. Also Lewis Vidler, who raped a woman when he was 16 years old. Jason Berlin, a pick-up artist, and his friends raped a woman they found her drunk. Jason’s victim, Claire, said in court “I’m scared this ASD diagnosis will be the excuse all pickup artists will use in the future”. As an autistic woman, I have the same fear.
This is very detrimental to all autistic people since it gives the idea that we can be violent…
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